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Poster: Spaced Date: Aug 15, 2006 10:33pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Are some Deadheads mad at God for giving Muslims oil?

>>>Freedom is the ability to listen to the Dead or Rush Limbaugh on your XM radio. Now, how can that not be the greatest country in the world>>>

Listening is great, but it's a narrow range of freedom in town "ever since they tore the jukebox down" -- We can do much better.

Would the greatest country in the world continually commit crimes against humanity, even their own troops? Why a costly war based on false pretense where killing innocents creates rage? Why deny climate change and block alternative energy? And surely there's a place where the Rainbow Family can meet in peace.

Does the greatest country perpetrate systematic torture even though it doesn't yield useful intelligence (see the latest work of Alfred McCoy). If you notice, I'm trying to back up statements with actual facts.

Take a look at "Beyond Treason: The U.S. Government’s Long History of Conducting Deadly Military Experiments." It's a documentary film documenting how the U.S. military has repeatedly conducted deadly medical experiments on American troops, “enemy” soldiers, and civilians. The film discusses vaccines, atomic bomb testing, Agent Orange, depleted uranium, and more.

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Poster: Spaced Date: Aug 15, 2006 10:25pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Are some Deadheads mad at God for giving Muslims oil?

And please I'm not saying people can't change. I did, though, as you can tell, not enough.

The point is to aim high, or risk shooting a friend in the face!

We can all learn from Lee Atwater, GOP chairman and Karl Rove's teacher, who repented from dirty tricks (from

"Shortly before his death from a brain tumor he said he had converted to Catholicism and, in an act of repentance, issued a number of public and written apologies to individuals whom he had attacked during his political career, including Dukakis. In a letter to Tom Turnipseed dated June 28, 1990, he stated, "It is very important to me that I let you know that out of everything that has happened in my career, one of the low points remains the so called 'jumper cable' episode," adding, "my illness has taught me something about the nature of humanity, love, brotherhood and relationships that I never understood, and probably never would have. So, from that standpoint, there is some truth and good in everything." [2]

In a February 1991 article for Life Magazine, Atwater wrote:

My illness helped me to see that what was missing in society is what was missing in me: a little heart, a lot of brotherhood. The '80s were about acquiring -- acquiring wealth, power, prestige. I know. I acquired more wealth, power, and prestige than most. But you can acquire all you want and still feel empty. What power wouldn't I trade for a little more time with my family? What price wouldn't I pay for an evening with friends? It took a deadly illness to put me eye to eye with that truth, but it is a truth that the country, caught up in its ruthless ambitions and moral decay, can learn on my dime. I don't know who will lead us through the '90s, but they must be made to speak to this spiritual vacuum at the heart of American society, this tumor of the soul."

This post was modified by Spaced on 2006-08-16 05:25:45